Billionaire US space tourist Charles Simonyi has arrived in orbit. The Soyuz capsule carrying the 58 year-old and two Russian colleagues docked with the International Space Station two days after lift-off from a launch pad in Kazakhstan. Applause rang out at the Russian mission control centre outside Moscow as the link-up was relayed live on monitors.
And there was some good news for the astronauts who have already spent six months in the station. Simonyi brought a gourmet food parcel to spice up their space diet. Put together by his close friend, US lifestyle guru Martha Stewart, the hamper contains such delights as quail roasted in wine, duck breast with capers and rice pudding. Simonyi, who paid almost 19 million euros for the trip, will come back to earth with two outgoing crew members. They are expected to touch down in Kazakhstan on April the 20th.